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Racing for AmericaThe Horse Race of the Century and the Redemption of a Sport$
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James C. Nicholson

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780813180649

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813180649.001.0001

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Racing for America

James C. Nicholson

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter four explores Harry Sinclair's involvement in the notorious Teapot Dome oil scandal. Republican Warren G. Harding's landslide victory in the 1920 presidential election marked a new direction in American politics, ending the Progressive Era and ushering in a pro-business climate that would further enrich men like Sinclair and facilitate the return of American horseracing to national prominence. New secretary of the interior Albert B. Fall transferred oil reserves held by the US Navy in Wyoming to Sinclair. As news of the shady deal spread, Sinclair debuted his colt Zev, named after the oilman's attorney, William Zevely, who was a facilitator of the corrupt bargain. Zev would surpass Man o' War's all-time American earnings record, and his twenty-three career wins would include scores in the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes, and the Race of the Century against English champion Papyrus.

Keywords:   Teapot Dome, Albert B. Fall, Warren G. Harding, Belmont Stakes, Kentucky Derby, American Politics, Zev (horse)

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